Facilitating Retrospective in the Prison

Remember the good old check-in activity for retrospectives called ESVP – Explorer, Shopper, Vacationer, Prisoner? I couldn’t imagine that “Prisoner” would become so literal for me - until I found myself in a real prison facilitating a Retrospective for a group of my cellmates, political prisoners.

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YDS: What Does a Scrum Master Do on Day One?

On today’s episode of YOUR DAILY SCRUM: What does a Scrum Master do on day one? You're just starting a new Scrum Master role, and you see many opportunities to change and improve things. With so many options, it's hard to know where to begin.


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22 Scrum Master Anti-Patterns from Job Ads: From Funny to What the Heck?

TL; DR: Scrum Master Anti-Patterns from Job Ads. Job ads for Scrum Master positions reveal great insight into an organization’s progress on becoming agile. I analyzed more than 50 job ads for Scrum Master positions to gain these.


Accountabilities in Scrum: It's A Complete Picture Now

What is up awesome people? I hope you had an awesome holiday break. As you may have noticed, there have been several changes introduced in Scrum Guide 2020. Scrum no longer emphasizes roles but instead accountabilities.


11 Required Monitoring Platform Capabilities for Enterprise DevOps Teams

In this eBook, Isaac Johnson, a Principal Software Engineer and DevOps Architect with experience at multiple Fortune 500 companies, reveals the key things he looks for when evaluating monitoring platforms for enterprise DevOps teams.

The Scrum Master Job (1): 4 Steps to Identify Suitable Employers or Clients

TL; DR: Scrum Master Job — 4 Steps to Identify Suitable Employers or Clients. Are you considering a new Scrum Master job? However, you are not sure that it is the right organization?


Fix Your Boring Daily Scrums

Imagine Developers arriving at the Daily Scrum feeling like they want the monotony of it to end. They wish they hadn't had to bother to attend in the first place.


If your backlog is not refined then you are doing it wrong

Most Scrum Teams that I encounter don’t do refinement of their Product Backlog and try to work on things that they don’t understand correctly. However, if you get to the Sprint Planning event and your backlog is not ready, then you are doing it wrong.


71 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions (2): Internal Stakeholders & Product Roadmaps

TL; DR: 71 Product Owner Interview Questions to Avoid Imposters. If you are looking to fill a position for a Product Owner in your organization, you may find the following 71 interview questions useful to identify the right candidate.


A Simple Example Of A Definition Of Done

At a recent class, a new Scrum Master asked me for a simple example of a Definition of Done. They also wanted to understand how it differed from the concept of acceptance criteria. This post captures my answer to them and I hope it will help simplify this concept for you.

Building Evolvable Architectures

Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Parsons, CTO of ThoughtWorks

The software development ecosystem exists in a state of dynamic equilibrium, where any new tool, framework, or technique leads to disruption and the establishment of a new equilibrium. Predictability is impossible when the foundation architects plan against is constantly changing in unexpected ways. It’s no surprise many CIOs and CTOs are struggling to adapt, in part because their architecture isn’t equipped to evolve. This webinar will discuss what’s at stake if companies continue to use long term architecture plans.

Is Scrum the right approach for every problem?

To quote The Scrum Guide 2020. Scrum is a lightweight framework that helps people, teams and organizations generate value through adaptive solutions for complex problems.". . Is every problem complex? Does every solution need to be adaptive? So, is Scrum the right approach for every problem?


Are You Failing to Adapt?

I sat, as an observing consultant, in my third retrospective of the day. I noticed high energy and openness as the room's buzz showed me signs that this team was genuinely collaborative.


YDS: What Does a Scrum Team Do When They Deliver Early?

On today’s episode of YOUR DAILY SCRUM: What does a Scrum Team do when they deliver early? A Scrum Master wrote in and asked Ryan and Todd what should a Scrum Team do when they finish their work early during a Sprint. This is such a great problem to have! Our first step is to CELEBRATE.


Getting started with a Definition of Done (DoD)

In my last post about Professional software teams creating working software David Corbin made a good point. How do you determining what “Free from fault or defect” means?


How to Measure DevSecOps Progress and Ensure Success

Speaker: Shannon Lietz, Director of DevSecOps Team, Intuit

You've finally done it: You've won over C-Suite and your DevSecOps team is up and running. But how do you monitor your new program? Join Shannon Lietz, Leader and Director of DevsecOps at Intuit, and learn to lead your DevSecOps team to the top.

Words that changed in Scrum Guide 2020 update

From January 10th, 2021 the assessments have changed to support the 2020 version of the Scrum Guide. Even though Scrum has not changed significantly, some of the wording and descriptions of Scrum have changed.


YDS: How Do I Get Scrum Master Experience?

On today's episode of YOUR DAILY SCRUM: How Do I Get Scrum Master Experience? A listener asked Todd and Ryan how to get Scrum Master experience after getting certified as a Professional Scrum Master.


YDS: Sprint Backlog vs Product Backlog - What is the Difference?

On today’s episode of YOUR DAILY SCRUM: Sprint Backlog vs Product Backlog - What's the Difference? A recent student asked Ryan and Todd to talk about the differences between a Sprint Backlog and a Product Backlog.


YDS: Can You Have Too Many Product Backlog Items?

On today’s episode of YOUR DAILY SCRUM: Can you have too many Product Backlog Items? This comes up in our Product Owner class quite a bit. The short answer is: YES! But there are some ideas that we need to explore so that your Product Backlog is well understood and actionable.


The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

When are SMART goals not-so-smart?

The most recent evolution of the Evidence-Based Management Guide (EBM) introduced three kinds of goals: A Strategic Goal , which is something important that the organization would like to achieve.


YDS: Why Won’t the Developers Attend the Daily Scrum?

On today’s episode of YOUR DAILY SCRUM: Why won’t the Developers attend the Daily Scrum? A past student left us a comment in our Slack channel asking how to get the Developers on their Scrum Team to attend the Daily Scrum. This is a common issue that many Scrum Masters face.


Agile Metrics for Scrum Masters (Part 1): Done Increment Every Sprint

How can you evaluate your success as a Scrum Master using metrics? Agile metrics is a complicated topic with no one-size-fits-all solution. There are many options to choose from. Where do you even start?

Digitalised Liberating Structures for your needs

Hi everyone, . Let me first start by saying: Happy New Year! Hope you had a good New Year's eve. I want to wish you and your love ones a healthy 2021 full of joy and happiness. . 2020 has been a challenging year for a lot of people.


Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

Release planning and predictable delivery

Many organisations wrestle with the seeming incompatibility between agile and release management, and they struggle with release planning and predictable delivery. Updated to reflect the 2020 Scrum Guide!

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Story Points & Velocity are a sign of an unsuccessful team

Story Points and velocity have been used for many years in the Scrum community and have been engrained so much in the way that things are done that most folks believe that they are part of Scrum.


Myth: Velocity is Productivity

We are going towards the "Agile" Transformation. One of our goals is to increase velocities across all our teams by X%. Have you heard this? Marc Andreessen’s adage that “Software is eating the world” is becoming the differentiator for Industries that were previously thought to be more manual. .


Measuring Agility

For organizations in the midst of an agile transformation, the question “how do we know if/when we’re agile?” is pressing. When quizzed about why they want to be agile, they respond that they “want to go faster”, or maybe even that they “want to be more responsive.”

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5 Things a Data Scientist Can Do to Stay Current

DataRobot together with Snowflake – a leading cloud data platform provider — is helping data scientists stay current with the latest technology and data science best practices so that they can excel in an increasingly AI-driven workplace. Five Things a Data Scientist Can Do to Stay Current offers data scientists guidance for thriving in AI-driven enterprises.

58 Product Owner Theses

TL;DR: The Scrum Product Owner in 58 Theses. The following 58 Product Owner theses describe the PO role from a holistic product creation perspective.


Festival to reflect on 20 years of Agile

Unbelievable: the agile manifesto turns 20. Agile leadership has grown up. With it, the community around agile frameworks of all kind has grown over the years. The Scrum community is the most favorite one of them.

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Product Goal is a Commitment

There have been a few changes in Scrum Guide 2020, and I am really excited. These changes focus on ‘Values’ within the framework of Scrum. Commitment, among all kinds of values, builds trust.


YDS: Who Attends Product Backlog Refinement in Scrum?

On today’s episode of YOUR DAILY SCRUM: Who attends product backlog refinement in Scrum? A recent student was concerned about the amount of time Product Backlog Refinement was taking away from product development.


Testing at Every Stage of Development

Up to 80% of new products fail. The reality is harsh and the reasons why are endless. Perhaps the new product couldn’t oust a customer favorite. Maybe it looked great but was too hard to use. Or, despite being a superior product, the go-to-market strategy failed. There’s always a risk when building a new product, but you can hedge your bets by understanding exactly what your customers' expectations truly are at every step of the development process.